Herriman Dental Crowns - Dental Crowns are full coverage tooth restorations that are used to cover a tooth that is likely to break, or is too broken down to be restored with a filing. They are most commonly done after root canal treatment, or when a large filling wears out. The larger the hole made by a cavity that has to be treated, the more likely a dental crown will be needed. Even after a filling is put in a large cavity, a tooth is more likely to break. Keep in mind that the jaw muscles are the strongest in the human body, subjecting teeth to tremendous pressures. Dental crowns ride over the weakened tooth, providing strength and protecting the tooth against breakage. A broken or cracked tooth is a far more serious matter and much more difficult to treat. Dental crowns prevent this, as well as making for a nice smile.
It generally takes two appointments to restore a tooth with a dental crown. During the first appointment, any decay is removed from the tooth and it is shaped to accept the crown. Then an impression is made of the tooth for use in fabricating the dental crown. Between the two visits, the dental crown is made, usually of high-strength porcelain over gold alloy, all ceramic material, or gold, and a temporary dental crown is worn. During the second appointment, the temporary crown is removed and the permanent dental crown is adjusted as needed, then cemented in place.